DOW or TRANS-CHANNELER CRYSTAL – divine balance, connection with Universal Truth

This week we’ll be discussing Dow or Trans-Channeler crystals. It is a crystal shape that falls into the category of facets: number of edges, and is another example of a crystal with two names for the same configuration.

Dow or Trans-Channeler

More commonly, they are referred to as Dow, (named after JaneAnn Dow by her friend and fellow crystal worker and author, Katrina Raphaell). Trans-Channeler is what Melody (from the “Love is in The Earth” series of crystal books) calls them, and it is a more descriptive name if you don’t already know what they are. These crystals are both Channelers and Transmitters in configuration, (Transmitter+Channeler = Trans-Channeler).


This is another crystal that you cannot correctly identify unless you count the edges of the faces. There will be three seven-sided faces with a triangular face between each of them. So the edges of the six faces will count: 7-3-7-3-7-3.  A text-book perfect Dow or Trans-Channeler will have symmetrically-sized faces and a centrally located tip. Others may be uneven in symmetry, but the count will be correct. These are still Dow crystals. I am guessing this may sound like a lot of gobble-de-gook! To understand what I just described, we need to review the anatomy of a crystal.

In a basic quartz point, there is the body (the cylindrical part) and the termination. In determining whether we have a Dow, we’ll be discussing the termination. More specifically, the faces and edges of faces.

anatomy of a crystal

The termination is divided into what are called facets or faces. A typical quartz crystal point will have six sides on the body and six faces on the terminating end. Usually, there will be what is called a “main face” which is typically the largest face of the point. Most crystals have one main face (Channelers fall into this category). There are crystals which have two main faces (Transmitters fall into this category), and crystals which have three main faces (Dow or Trans-Channelers fall into this category). Remember, Transmitter (2) + Channeler (1) = Trans-Channeler/Dow (3) main faces.

To determine whether the crystal you have is a Dow, you will need to count the edges of each face.

counting edges of faces

This is easy if you start counting edges on the main face (or any large face in the case of a crystal with more than one) and work your way around the top of the crystal, counting the edges of each face. Take each face as if it was a separate entity, and it will be easier.

Dow or Trans-Channeler

Beginning with the main face (remember, this is usually the largest one), put your thumb or finger on one of the edges of the face (to keep track of where you started) and count. Discover the counting method that works best for you and use that one. Keep track of how many edges each face has. If you get to a large face that doesn’t have 7 edges, or a small face which doesn’t have three, you don’t have a Dow.

not a DOW

What kind of energies do Dow or Trans-Channeler crystals bring to the table?

Dow or Trans-Channelers combine the qualities of the Transmitter and Channeler crystals. Channeler crystals help you access higher wisdom, either in the form of your Higher Self or Spirit Guides, or of Angels. They exude a crisp, regal energy. Channeling crystals can bring you love and light from beings in the higher realms. Transmitter crystals work much like Channelers, only double! They have a proud, almost mysterious, feel. I picture them as two sentinels standing not quite side-to-side and not quite back-to-back. I like them because their main face is between two diagonals the energy is unexpected and special. So a Dow crystal has all of the qualities just described. They also provide a connection with the Self and Universal Truth.

Dow crystals have a special energy about them that is sharp, clean and direct. Sevens and threes are both mystical numbers on their own, but to have a combination of three of each, all balanced in one crystal point is even more mystical and special. Because of the repeating numbers as well as the symmetry needed to incorporate such a design, Dow crystals are also about balance… not just regular balance, but special balance, unique balance, inspired and divine balance.

Today we’ve learned that Dow crystals:

  • have two names; Dow (named after JaneAnn Dow) or Trans-Channeler, based on the combined characteristics of Transmitters and Channelers
  • are determined by counting the edges of the faces in the termination
  • will have three 7-sided faces separated by three 3-sided faces and the count is usually shown like this: (7-3-7-3-7-3)
  • provide a connection with the Self and Universal Truth
  • have a special energy about them that is sharp, clean and direct
  • and Dow crystals help us to connect with divine and inspired balance.

I hope you have enjoyed this discussion about Dow or Trans-Channeler quartz crystals; what they are, how to determine if you have one, and how to work with them. Next time we’ll discuss Drusy quartz crystals.

Here is a recap of the past posts featuring the metaphysical configurations and links to where you might find these various crystal configurations if you decided you might like to work with them:

DOW or TRANS-CHANNELER CRYSTALS (For divine balance, and a connection with the self and Universal Truth.) Note: Dow crystals are rare, and I don’t always have very many of them. Sometimes the ones I have are Dow by count (7-3-7-3-7-3) but have one large 7-sided face (present as a Channeler) or two large 7-sided faces and one small 7 (present as a Transmitter). If you order one, I will let you know at time of purchase what I have available.  purchase Dow or Trans-Channeler crystal  read blog post

DOUBLE TERMINATED CRYSTALS (Useful in any application in which you want the energy to flow in both directions) purchase Double Terminated crystal   read blog post

DOLPHIN CRYSTAL (To encourage teaching in a loving, fun, joyful way, or alternately, to assist one to enjoy learning) read blog post

CURVED CRYSTAL (To assist with flexibility “go with the flow” or to cleanse or brush your aura)  purchase Curved crystal    read blog post

CLUSTER CRYSTAL (Raise the vibration in an environment or to assist with group dynamics)  purchase crystal cluster    read blog post

CATHEDRAL or LIGHTBRARY CRYSTAL (Raise your vibrational frequency or access Akashic Records)  purchase Cathedral or Lightbrary    read blog post

CHANNELER or CHANNELING CRYSTAL (To access higher wisdom, guides, other-world beings)  purchase Channeler    read blog post

BRIDGE or INNER CHILD CRYSTAL (To help Bridge between worlds or help to access your innermost self)  purchase Bridge or purchase Inner Child    read blog post

BARNACLE QUARTZ CRYSTAL (Wise energy; ‘new souls’ attracted to ‘old soul’ energy)  purchase Barnacle    read blog post

See you next week for Drusy (pronounced DRU-zee) quartz crystals.

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About Genn

Genn John has been acting as the legs for the Crystal People as the Keeper at Arkansas Crystal Works, an internet-based source for crystals and crystal knowledge, since 1995. Having accepted the honor to be their voice as well, she is the author of Understanding The Crystal People: A Handbook for Lightworkers; a crystal reference book for people who desire to fully understand their connection to the crystal kingdom and who wish to enhance their working knowledge of these majestic beings. Genn has also published a 4 part series of coloring books which are a useful tool for anyone with an interest in learning the anatomical structures of quartz crystals. It features precise, extraordinary hand-drawn designs crafted especially for easy coloring and interactive study. Find the store and more at, or her blog at To connect: email -, facebook -, Instagram - gennjohn or Twitter @GennJohn.

14 Responses to DOW or TRANS-CHANNELER CRYSTAL – divine balance, connection with Universal Truth

  1. Sandra Pamuk says:

    Dear Genn
    I love clear quartz and that is why I love your site, because I want to know everything about them. Yesterday I read your page about imprints and keys.
    I have a small point with a key on one corner. My question to you is it still considered a dow? the indent from the key is a inverted corner so the top now has 7-3-7-3-9-3. Does that count? He also has a dark red phantom, of hematite, the dealer said. According to Jane Anne Dow, this would probably be a Shaman Dow, but again, I’m not sure, because she’s talking about white phantoms.

    I have a second one, that has an imprint on one side. So it is 7-3-7-3-8-3. I also think he was meant to be a dow, what do you think?

    Thanks for your great work here, I am very happy, that I’ve found you.

    best regards

    • Genn says:

      Hey San! First off, glad you found me too, and that the internet issues resolved on your other posts (about the Keys) and the photos started showing for you! As to the Dows, it’s really hard for me to say definitively without looking at them. You can certainly send me photos and I will be happy to tell you. For the best “diagnosis” (lol) get a picture of each of the 3 seven faces on each crystal (denote which photo belongs to which crystal) and have the glare of a light on the facet so I can see the sides. Can’t guarantee but I will do my best. Sometimes photos can be tricky. On the other hand, if you can’t send photos (or don’t want to take the time, because it probably isn’t necessary once you read this next bit), what I do when there is a Key or Empathic damage to a crystal is what I call “extrapolate” where the original edge would be if the Key or other characteristic wasn’t there. I don’t count the extra edges created by the indentation. The easiest way to do this is the follow the edges of the sides up to where they meet the facet (ignore the Key or ?)… then draw a mental line between the two edges and count that as one line – even if an indentation, (Empathic, Key, Imprint or otherwise) creates more than one side to that face. (This was hard to explain but easy to do…) I hope it makes sense. If not you can send pictures to Otherwise, if it is clear, you don’t have to. It sounds to me like you do have Dows and they sound like lovely crystals!! Thanks so much for writing! I also have some blog posts at Arkansas Crystal Works that you might find helpful. They are found here: Arkansas Crystal Works Blog. This link will open in a new window. Happy reading!!

  2. I have a large crystal with 7-3-7-3-7-4 pattern is this useful for meditation still even though not a dow? I find it quite powerful.

    • Genn says:

      Hey Heather! YES! Absolutely. Even if it wasn’t even close to a Dow in count, if the crystal is powerful for YOU, that is all that matters. So, keep enjoying your lovely meditation partner!

  3. Valerie Marshall says:

    I actually came into possession of a double terminated dow-rainbow crystal with the 7-3-7-3-7-3 configuration on both ends. It’s a substantial size, about 6-7″ in length. I know that it was waiting for me to come get it, along with a double terminated window crystal (clear)… for less than $20 for both. It sleeps with/near me. I feel very blessed to have had these stones choose me ✨💝✨

  4. Melissa Goss says:

    Love these articles so much. So appreciative of you sharing your expertise, Genn. Thank you!

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  7. I have the most comprehensive, articulated collection of Herkimer diamonds on Earth. 1,500,000 carats of everything ever made by God, getting close to making the photo. Just liked your energy. Thank-you. Edge.

  8. Sharesa says:

    I did find a video on utube…Thank you! I “almost” have one… LOL!! (6 on one side ;(

  9. Sharesa says:

    I wish there was a video of this!! I’m not able to “absorb” it at present! Thank you for this information though (Melody’s page) I will keep it and look at it again! <3

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